Ticket #12073 (new defect)

Opened 18 months ago

Last modified 8 months ago

VBoxManage showvminfo --machinereadable XXX has inconsistent output format

Reported by: gsp Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 4.2.16 Keywords: machinereadable
Cc: Guest type: all
Host type: Linux


The output of VBoxManage showvminfo --machinereadable is not as easy to parse as it should.

To reproduce:

VBoxManage showvminfo --machinereadable SomeVM | less

some of the values which are integers show with quotas, some not:


most of the keywords show without quotas, some with:


some items are merged in a strange way:

Time offset=0rtcuseutc="off"

Boolean values should show without quotas to distinct them from strings:


Quotas and newlines in user-editable text should be replaced by the proper escape-sequences:

description="Multiline Description
with "quotas""

Keywords should be language-neutral (don't localize):


Please consider to make the output valid JSON, this is much easier to parse (

Change History

comment:1 Changed 8 months ago by frank

Many valid points. The "merged in a strange way" is mentioned in #13176 and will be fixed in the next maintenance release.

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